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Jake S

Jake S

Name: Jake Steed
Age: 21
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Bangor, Wales
Campaign: To highlight benefits of exercise on mental health

When I was 17 years old, I was diagnosed with depression.

 

My parents split up around that time and a lot of things changed in my life. I lacked direction, and often felt much like a zombie - just wandering around but with no focus or drive to do things.

 

I began to seek help to cure my depression, but I also began to take up fitness as a hobby. It was this that really boosted my self-esteem and helped me overcome depression.

 

Exercise gave me focus, and the ability to feel a bit more confident about myself and what I was doing. It gave me control too, as I could make my own regime and stick to it.

 

Now I exercise five times a week and have even found time to coach others. Exercise has benefited me in so many ways, and while support from other areas has been important, exercise has really played a big part in turning my life around.

 

With Fixers, I am making a video presentation which I hope to take around schools in Wales to make young people aware of the benefits of regular exercise - not just on your physical appearance, but on your mental health.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:

 

Tom O'Brien
Aled Vaughan Thomas
Michael Blond
Elin Jones
Chris McNaught
Sophie Lewis
Billie-Jo Blackett

Dr. David Markland, School of Sport at Bangor University

David supported my project by assisting with research in my broadcast piece.

 

Menai Track and Field Club

A track and field club in my area of Wales, who helped by providing information and insight in my broadcast piece.

November 2013

The film about my campaign, which was broadcast on ITV News, was among nine Fixers films which won a Mind Media Award at the BFI in London.

 

Click here to read more about my achievement!

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